Frozen Missouri lake rescue: Man saved by firefighters after he rescued dog from icy lake (VIDEO)
Elliot Weiler, KTVI
1:13 PM, Jan 20, 2014
1:15 PM, Jan 20, 2014
MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. (KTVI/CNN) – Firefighters had to rescue a Missouri man in his 60s on Sunday after an afternoon dog walk turned into a cold-water rescue.
Authorities said the man's dog fell into the frigid water around 2:45 p.m., prompting the dog's owner to go in after his dog. He was able to rescue his dog from the icy waters of the lake, but he then got stuck.
The dog was already out by the time rescuers arrived, but two of the rescuers scrambled out onto the ice to retrieve the man.
"It's great. This is what we train for. We hope we never have to use this type of training, honestly, but this is where we get out there and it pays off -- the drills," said Cpt. Robert Daus Jr. with the Maryland Heights Fire Protection District.
Paramedics transported the man, whose name has not been released, to an area hospital for treatment of hypothermia. Authorities said the dog is in good condition.